Dinner, a Movie and an Avenger: Date Night at Cineworld VIP

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Earlier this year, Gary and I seen the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok and it got us REALLY excited. That soundtrack! Those snappy one-liners! JEFF GOLDBLUM IN BLUE EYELINER! What’s not to love?

We decided to start this week off with a little date night to see the latest instalment from the Marvel universe in style in the Cineworld VIP experience at Glasgow Renfield Street. If you follow my Instagram Stories, you’ll probably know by now that Gary and I go to the cinema a lot – at least once a week – and watch everything from the latest Disney releases, to horror films, foreign features and much more.

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For something we’re really looking forward to, or a fun date night, Cineworld VIP is perfect for kicking things up a notch and making it feel like more of an occasion! And does it get more special than a date with an Avenger (or at least, a date while watching an Avenger)?!

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In honour of Thor: Ragnarok‘s neon branding, I decided to wear my brightest tights and a sparkly jumper dress. I like to think of it as something Lisa Turtle might wear on a date at The Max…

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Once we got to the cinema, we picked up our tickets and zipped up to the sixth floor to find the private lounge area and buffet. We had about 45 minutes before heading into the screen, so we had some dinner and a few obligatory goes on the Coca-cola freestyle machine. I swear we’re like a pair of big kids – raspberry peach Sprite Zero, anyone?

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: my favourite part of the Cineworld VIP experience has to be the comfy surroundings inside the screen itself! The reclining Lazy Boy-style seats and plenty of space means that you can really relax and feel immersed in the film. Sometimes I forgot that there were other people there (sorry, Gary!) and if I could have taken one of those seats home with me, I would have given it my best shot!

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Before the trailers started, we picked up some popcorn and drinks and settled into our seats. If you’re anything like me and manage to finish your snacks before the movie starts, you can pop back out to the stand and replenish your stash – did I mention that unlimited treats are my second favourite part of going VIP? Halfway through the movie we decided to get some nachos – no lines meant we were back in a flash, too.

And the movie itself? Well, I don’t want to give too many spoilers but what I CAN say is that it’s one of the best Marvel movies to date! You know this gal is all about Iron Man (and Ant Man, of course!) and, even though there was no Tony Stark appearance this time around, the story, script and striking visuals more than make up for that. Also, Thor gets a haircut! I’m still shook, you guys!

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If you grew up watching movies like Masters of the Universe, then I think Thor: Ragnarok will hit you in all the right nostalgic places. Also, Goldblum rocks blue eyeliner better than I ever could (and I’m totally OK with that!).

The action scenes and swooping shots of Asgard were stunning and this is where seeing it on the big screen really makes a difference!

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We can’t wait to plan our next trip to Cineworld VIP, and there are a ton of films that we want to see this Autumn like Star Wars, Murder on the Orient Express and Justice League, so I’m sure we will be back really soon. You can book tickets to see Thor, with his fancy new haircut, AND see what else is showing in VIP here!

Have you seen Thor: Ragnarok yet? And who’s YOUR favourite Avenger?

 

 

 

This post was created in collaboration with Cineworld, though all experiences, thoughts and Tony Stark crushes are my own.

Get Ready to (Swoop, Glide and) Rumble with Cineworld 4DX

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Like many people, I am a huge film fan – and even though I spent a few years watching feature after feature daily as part of my University degree, I never tire of being swept away for a couple of hours at the cinema. To me, going to see a movie is more than just something to do on a Saturday afternoon to pass the time, it’s a deep-rooted passion that brings me a lot of joy.

So when I was recently invited along to the Scottish premiere of Cineworld 4DX in Glasgow, I couldn’t wait to sit among the first audience to try out the 4DX experience. With IMAX, Cineworld’s Superscreen (which is now open in the city centre as well as Silverburn) and 3D already available, I was keen to try out Cineworld 4DX and see if it was worth the hype.

But what IS 4DX, exactly? Well, as well as all of the visual effects of a 3D film, watching something in 4DX stimulates your other senses too. This is done through a clever combination of high-tech motion seats, wind, fog, water, lighting, bubbles (yep!) and even scents! All of these work together to totally immerse the audience in the movie as it unfolds.

On the day of the premiere, we started the night at Citizen M hotel, where Gary and I caught up with Mike Wiles and Justin Skinner from Cineworld, who were excited to bring the 4DX experience to Scotland in the newly-refurbished Cineworld Renfrew Street. We chatted dream film line-ups, dissertation topics and of course, 4DX, which is currently considered the most innovative piece of cinema technology going (fun fact: did you know that 4DX actually originates from South Korea?).

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We then moved away from the party and over to Cineworld Renfrew Street which since its makeover now has its lobby, screens and other public areas refurbished, as well as a stylish bar, a 669-seater Superscreen (!) and a Starbucks.

I couldn’t wait to find out which movie we’d be seeing in 4DX! We knew that it was likely to be a blockbuster, to really get the full impact of the special effects, but we didn’t find out which until the night (despite my best attempts to find out beforehand!).

The first thing I noticed in the screen were the seats, which were ENORMOUS and I had to practically clamber up into mine. I discovered soon after that it was just as well that the seats were so big (and comfy!) as they actually do most of the work when the film starts rolling (or whatever the digital equivalent is!).

For the premiere, we were lucky enough to see Suicide Squad before its actual release date, and it honestly seemed like it was just the type of movie that was made for 4DX (or is it the other way around?).

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We swooped, ducked, rumbled (watch out for helicopters!) and glided our way through the film, and there were so many amazing uses of 4D effects that it’s difficult to pick a favourite. I think for me the most memorable part of the event was seeing everyone react to when the seats first raised up and started tilting from side to side in synchronisation with the camera. Surprise, laughter and a lot of smiles, and if you ask me, that’s what a good night at the cinema is all about – don’t you think?

I’m not going to give you guys a review of Suicide Squad itself, but Gary has a write up over on his blog if you’re curious! What I will say is that seeing it in Cineworld 4DX was a really exciting and unique experience and I really want to go and see something else soon. It takes viewing to a whole new level, and we agreed afterwards that it was a lot of fun.

You can find out more, and book your Cineworld 4DX tickets here!

See you at the snack bar…

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